What to do?
To fend off deer, I have portion of my front yard fenced. I was planning to turn the area (about 1/5 acre) into a rose/perennial garden. I have a dozen or so roses in the ground, most of which were put in the ground last fall. My in-laws have come to live with us, and my father-in-law LOVES growing vegetables. Now, he wants to plan okra, tomatoes and cucumbers on my still-in-the-making rose garden. On one hand, I would love to keep the rose garden going, keep part of the lawn, and gradually add more companion plants for my roses. On the other hand, he probably enjoys growing the veggies as much as I do about roses, and it does not feel right to "monopolize" the prime real estate when I know how much fun I am having growing roses. I have decided to be supportive and let he grow what he wants, but have the following questions: How can I manage the garden so that the roses won't be bothered by these tall vegetables, which will be either on trellis or cases? Sun exposure is not an issue, and I suppose that the two other factors to keep in mind are air circulation and disease control. For air circulation, would 3 or 4 feet away from the rose bushes be sufficient space? For disease control, any special plant disease I should be on the lookout for? I only use baking soda/liquid soap for blackspot control, and will not use chemicals for either my roses or any other plants. I guess sprinkler system is a no-go so I don't plan to use it in this area. (Of course, I have been trying to get him hooked on roses as well, but so far it is not working...)
BTW, MANY THANKS to all the rosaries on the forum, whose advice has helped me a great, deal in learning about roses. One of my Louise Odiers have 6 blooms now, and everything about it is intoxicating. I just had my first Abe Darby this morning. DW says that it has a lovely fruity smell, but i have rhinitis and cannot detect anything.